CAIRO, Egypt The World Food Programme (WFP) and Egypt’s Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade (MoSIT) signed a five-year agreement to strengthen social safety nets in support of the food and nutrition needs of the most vulnerable. Under the agreement signed, WFP will assist the government in identifying key areas where improvements can be made to national supply chains. These improvements would aim to reduce the cost of food supplied through the national subsidy programme and ultimately its price as well as make it more nutritious. “One of our shared objectives through this agreement is reducing food losses by linking farmers, especially smallholder farmers, to improved storage and transportation solutions,” said WFP Representative and Country Director in Egypt Menghestab Hail
ABUJA, Nigeria The United Nations, through the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund, has allocated US$2 million to support the response to a deadly cholera outbreak in Yobe State, north-east Nigeria, that could affect thousands of people. Since the beginning of the outbreak, which was officially declared in four local government areas on 28 March, a total of 404 cases and 15 deaths have been reported, representing a 3.7 per cent case fatality rate. The United Nations and its partners activated an immediate emergency response in the affected communities in support of the State Ministry of Health. However, additional resources are needed to ensure that the outbreak is contained, especially ahead of the rainy season when the risk of outbreaks and spreading of water-borne diseases is higher
BRUSSELS, Belgium The African Union and European Union Commissioners have adopted concrete measures to address pressing global issues in key areas such as peace and security, migration, job creation and agriculture. This 9th Commission meeting of the two organisations was co-chaired by the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, with the participation of all African Union Commissioners and 16 European Union Commissioners. The two sides had agreed on a set of priorities at the November 2017 AU-EU Summit in Abidjan and today the two Commissions took stock of progress made to chart the way forward. At this occasion, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: "We met today t
NAIROBI, Kenya Senior Kenyan and European officials are meeting in Mombasa where the flagship of the European Union's Atalanta operation, the ITS Carlos Margottini, is making a port visit. Kenya's National Assembly is represented by members of its Defence and Foreign Relations Committee, led by its chairman Hon. Katoo Ole Metito. The ITS Carlos Margottini, alongside the Spanish Warship ESPS Meteoro, is tackling piracy and armed robbery off the Somalian coast. European Union naval forces are also working with other organisations to strengthen maritime security and protect vulnerable shipping in the Horn of Africa and in the Western Indian Ocean. Since its launch in 2008 the Atalanta naval force, in co-operation with her counter-piracy partners, has become highly effective
NAIROBI, Kenya The European Union has confirmed its support towards strengthening and realisation of devolution in Kenya through the signing of a 1 million-Euro (Ksh 120,000,000 million) grant towards the Mango and fruit processing plant for Makueni County, the first county to benefit from an investment grant under the Instrument for Devolution Advice and Support (IDEAS) program. “The signature of the grant agreement with Makueni County marks an important milestone under the IDEAS programme, the European Union's flagship programme to support devolution in Kenya. The Makueni Mango processing project will boost income of mango farmers, increase employment, and generate revenues for Makueni County.” noted Stefano A. Dejak, Ambassador of the European Union to Kenya The Makueni Mang
CAPE TOWN, South Africa African rugby will be at the center of attention during the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) Congress in Brussels on May 8, 2018, with Official unveiling of the New Rugby Africa Gold Cup perpetual trophy.The event will embrace the official signing ceremony of a partnership agreement between the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) and APO Group with the aim to promote African rugby. 24 national and international TV channels, including BBC and Al Jazeera, will Broadcast quality B-Roll footage, pre-recorded interviews, and photos.
BRUSSELS, Belgium The 81th AIPS Congress , set to be held in the Belgian capital next week (May 7-10), will welcome Massimo Busacca, Director FIFA Refereeing, and Johannes Holzmüller, FIFA Head of Football Technology Innovation Department, to foster a deeper understanding of the video assistant referee (VAR) among sports journalists. The new technology will be used at this summer’s World Cup in Russia. The International Sports Press Association is very pleased to welcome Busacca and Holzmüller on May 8th, the first day of the Congress, at Hotel Le Plaza in Brussels. They will present VAR to the Congress and explain the finer details of the system to the attending journalists. At times, even journalists still have a nebulous understanding of VAR. Director FIFA Refereeing Busacca
Entebbe, Uganda Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has met the visiting high-level mission of Executive Board members of six (6) United Nations Agencies who called on him last evening at State House, Entebbe. The high-level mission members are in Uganda to assess the work of the United Nations in supporting the country's development efforts with a view to helping Uganda achieve its efforts to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative in Uganda, Ms. Rosa Malango, led the 35 member-strong delegation of the Executive Boards of the UNDP, UNFPA, UNOPS, UNICEF, WFP and UN-Women. President Museveni commended the delegation for coming to Uganda to seek for practical solutions to the challenges that are affecting Afr...